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Second Niger bridge to be inaugurated in October, this year.



By Enuma Onyechi

The Federal government has given an assurance that the Second Niger Bridge will be inaugurated by October this year.

The Minister of Finance and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed stated this when she led a team of senior government officials to inspect the progress of work on the Bridge.

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed said the bridge was intended to reduce traffic on the existing Bridge, improve traffic flow, and other socio-economic benefits to the people of the South East as well as other neighboring states in the southern part of the country.

The Minister described the bridge as one of the legacy projects of President Muhammadu Buhari and expressed satisfaction with the work done so far.

She commended the Federal Ministry of Works for its doggedness in completing the project.

According to the Minister, the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund which was created by the Federal Government was designed to fund the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, Abuja to Kaduna rail line which altogether had created thousands of jobs for citizens.

The Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo who was represented by his Deputy, Doctor Onyekachukwu Ibezim, commended the Federal Government for ensuring that the project became a reality.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, Mr. Uche Orji said that the project which was being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing was funded through the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund in partnership with the NSIA and had yielded positive results.

Mr. Orji pointed out that the Federal Government was making adequate arrangements to ensure that communities affected by the project would be compensated.

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Taking the minister and her team around the project, the Controller Federal ministry of works in Anambra state, Mr. Adeyemo Ajani explained that the second Niger bridge is 94 percent completed, with all major civil works successfully concluded.

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